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Shooting Death of Two Arizona Teens Appears to Be Murder-Suicide, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Two 15-year-old girls died after a shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning, police said.

Investigators said they found evidence at the scene leading them to believe that one girl took the life of the other before taking her own life, noting the investigation is still ongoing.

The shooting was reported at Independence High School, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix. The two teenagers were shot just before 8 a.m. in an “isolated” area of campus, Glendale police said.

Officers found both girls dead at the scene, Officer Tracey Breeden, spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department, said at a news conference.

The girls were found together with a weapon near them, Breeden said. Both girls were in the 10th grade, she added.

During the processing of the scene, a suicide note was located, police said.

“This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time,” police said earlier Friday after the campus was put on lockdown.

In a statement released later Friday, police said: “Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appearing to also be in a relationship. Detectives do not have any persons of interest and do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.”

“The investigation has led detectives to believe this incident was a murder-suicide,” police added. “In addition, information obtained indicates gunshots were heard at the school this morning, but it is believed no students witnessed the shooting.”

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Death-Metal Rocker Believes Lost Vest in Macy’s Display

Meshach Babcock(NEW YORK) — When a death-metal rocker in Oregon had his treasured biker vest stolen at a performance three years ago, not only did he think he would never wear it again, he certainly didn’t expect it might resurface on the other side of the country, in a Macy’s store-window display.

“The whole thing is just really bizarre and awesome,” Meshach Babcock, 23, said.

His good friend Nicholas Prom was on Instagram Saturday when he saw a photo of a vest in a New York City Macy’s, as part of a Ralph Lauren Polo display in Herald Square, Babcock said.

He said Prom knew it was Babcock’s from the patches and writing on the vest. So Prom immediately called his friend, who was at a bar that night and began jumping up and down and screaming, prompting a few stares, Babcock said.

Babcock rushed back to his home in Portland that night to “check out what was going on.” In the time it took Babcock to get back to his house, Prom had already created a Facebook page titled “Macy’s, Give Back Meshach’s Vest,” and it gained a few hundred “likes.”

“It just started booming from there,” Babcock said.

A death-metal musician in several bands, Babcock cherished the vest given to him by a friend whose grandfather had used the vest in the 1960s and ‘70s. Over the eight years he had the vest, he made it his “constant art project,” adding patches, writing on and dying the vest.

It is a “big thing in heavy metal to have a jacket,” Babcock said, and “it became really important to me,” he said.

In April 2013, Babcock was playing with his band Maniak at a battle-of-the-bands show at Oregon City High School. He put his vest down with the rest of his band’s stuff in the back and when he came back at the end of the show, his vest was gone.

“I stayed there for two hours looking for it,” Babcock said. “I went back to the school the next day to ask security if they saw it,” and he even searched through garbage cans hoping to find it somewhere.

Devastated, he gave up until last week when his hope was renewed. Babcock has been in contact with Macy’s and the company must verify that it is his, according to company spokeswoman Elina Kazan.

She said Macy’s has yet to confirm that the vest belongs to Babcock.

If it does, it’s unclear how Ralph Lauren Polo and Macy’s would have come into possession of the vest. Kazan said there is a supply shop where a visual team creates the displays for Macy’s and the jacket was in the supply shop.

The vest has been taken down from the display and is being stored in a secure place. Kazan said she is waiting for Babcock to call her to complete the verification.

But Babcock hopes to have the vest back soon. To celebrate, he plans to perform a big show and, he said, keep the vest on the entire time.

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Restaurant Machete Attack Survivor Describes ‘Complete Chaos’

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — When a machete-wielding man launched an attack at an Ohio restaurant, injuring four, “complete chaos broke out,” one survivor told ABC News Friday.

Tracy – who did not want to use her last name – had just paid for her meal at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli when she heard screaming, she said.

“I turned around. And there was a gentleman behind me, in front of the first booth, with two machetes in the air. One in each hand,” she said. “And basically going down the entire row of booths in the restaurant and just hitting everybody with the machetes.”

The man’s attack was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday, the Columbus Police Department said Friday.

“Complete chaos broke out,” Tracy said. “Everybody was running away from him trying to get out of the restaurant.”

“My legs completely gave out on me … I thought to myself, that at any moment I’m gonna get a knife in my back,” she said.

She said some children and elderly people were in the restaurant.

“It was so sudden,” Tracy said. “I think it caught a lot of people off guard because they were eating.”

She continued: “The first thing that went through my head was, I see this on TV all the time, but you never really think it’s gonna happen to you.”

“There was a lot of blood,” she added, saying that she was thankful everyone survived.

Tracy described the suspect as “quiet” and “expressionless.”

“I didn’t hear him say a word,” she said.

“He didn’t even really try to escape quickly,” she said. “He just kind of hung out in the parking lot for a while. And was still taunting some of the customers and waiving his knives in the air.”

She said he drove off calmly.

The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, eventually fled the scene in a car with police in pursuit, according to a police press release.

After some time, the suspect stopped and exited the car, armed with a machete in one hand and a knife in the other, police said in the release. Officers deployed a taser to prevent him from fleeing again, but it wasn’t effective. As the suspect lunged at police, an officer shot him multiple times, according to the release. Officer John Johnson, a 25-year veteran, fired the shots, police said.

Barry died at the scene, police said.

Four victims – three men and one woman – were hospitalized after the attack, police said.

William Foley, 54, was in critical but stable condition Friday, police said, while Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43, were in stable condition. The last victim, Neil McMeekin, 43, has been treated and released, police said Friday.

No officers were injured, police said.

The incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team, police said, and the final investigative package will be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board and the Chain-Of-Command for review.

The FBI is investigating the suspect’s motive, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference Friday afternoon, adding that the motive is not yet clear. Law enforcement sources told ABC News Friday that Barry was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation.

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Suspect Identified in Columbus Restaurant Machete Attack Known to FBI

ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The FBI knew the alleged suspect who attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.

Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Barry, the man who Columbus Police shot and killed after a machete attack Thursday, was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation. Barry’s name was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism. Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.

All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.

The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were “red flags” surrounding the attack.

“Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away,” he said.

“Fortunately, no one’s life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.

But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”

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Two Teen Girls Dead in Shooting at Arizona High School

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) – A double shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, left two 15-year-old girls dead, according to Glendale police.

Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden said in a news conference the department received a call of a shooting before 8am MST at the high school, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix.

Police arrived on the scene and found the two female students dead in a covered patio area near the school.

A weapon was also found at the scene, Glendale police said.

“This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time,” police said.

Parents are arriving at the school to make sure their children are safe. The school is still on lockdown as officers continue their investigation.

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Suspect Identified in Columbus Restaurant Machete Attack

ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Police have identified a man who allegedly attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.

Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.

All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.

The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were “red flags” surrounding the attack.

“Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away,” he said.

“Fortunately, no one’s life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.

But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”

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Woman Has Kissing Booth in Yard for Valentine’s Day

Stephanie Loving(GLEN ALLEN, Va.) — Roses are red, violets are blue, with a last name like “Loving,” how can you not have a kissing booth?

That’s exactly how Stephanie Loving, of Glen Allen, Virginia, feels, especially since her absolute favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day.

“I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. My last name was just the bonus,” Loving told ABC News. “As a child, opening up that bag at school and seeing what pretty Valentine’s you got from your friends, and candy, it was just the best. It was always a day I really looked forward to and as I got older I started setting up decorations. I would also send everyone in my Rolodex a Valentine’s card.”

In the Loving family’s front yard there is a kissing booth and 4-foot-tall hearts with Valentine’s-themed lights.

“I would decorate the whole inside of the house and I’m running out of room and I thought, ‘I should share this love with everyone else,’” she explained. “I asked my husband if he’d help me do this and he was reluctant because he knew it would be a lot of work, but we did it. We made all these 4-foot hearts and we made a kissing booth and it’s all decorated with tulle.”

She hopes it encourages all their neighbors to stop by for a photo-opp and some good old-fashioned fun.

“Valentine’s is just one day that you tell people you love them, but it should be every day. That’s my thing, spread love not hate,” said Loving, 44. “Neighbors, they come over, they take pictures. I was walking out the front door to take my daughter to gym class and there was a little boy in the kissing booth and his mom was taking a picture and the little boy ran away thinking he was getting in trouble and I said, ‘No, no, that’s what it’s there for.’”

Loving says she plans to keep decorating her home for many years to come.

“If my neighbors can handle tacky Christmas decorations, then they can handle a little of love,” she joked.

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Michigan Governor Releases Emails Regarding Flint Water Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) — The office of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released emails and corresponding documents upon request from state departments regarding the Flint water crisis.

According to a statement released Friday by the governor’s office, the documentation represents requests made by the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Treasury, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding Flint water.

“By making the information easily accessible, everyone can review it and take what they need, and then we can all focus and work together on solutions, healing, and moving Flint forward,” Snyder said in the statement.

The emails and attachments can be accessed here.

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East Coast Deep Freeze: What to Expect

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bundle up, East Coasters and Midwesterners: Dangerous wind chills are headed your way this weekend, as 19 states — from North Dakota to North Carolina — are under a wind chill warning.

Here is a rundown of what to expect:

New York City

The Big Apple is one of the areas under a winter chill advisory, with a possible wind chill of negative 25 degrees.

And those bone-chilling temperatures could be one for the record books: If NYC hits zero degrees this weekend, it will be the first time since 1994.

The cold and wind are expected to be so extreme that Central Park has cancelled its Ice Festival.

In another bit of irony — the NYC Parks Department was slated to host the “Ultimate Snow Day” in Central Park on Saturday, Jan. 23 — but that was cancelled because of a massive snowstorm that day.

Midwest

In the Midwest, the wind chill advisory is active Friday and Friday night with winds chills as low as 30 below zero.

New England

In New England, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a wind chill warning from 4 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday, warning of “life-threatening wind chills and near record cold air temperatures.”

The wind chill warning includes most of Massachusetts, except for the south coast. It also includes the northern half of Rhode Island and northern Connecticut.

Wind chills may be between 20 and 30 degrees below zero, with some locations possibly approaching 35 degrees below zero.

The worst of the wind chills there will be Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Air temperatures Saturday night into Sunday morning could fall to a near record cold along the New England coast, possibly reaching five degrees below to five degrees above zero. Temperature could hit five below to 15 below inland.

Frostbite Danger

Wind chills in this cold can bring on frostbite in as little as 10 minutes, the NWS said, so outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are going outside, dress in layers, and keep your hands and head covered.

Meanwhile, “lake effect” snow is accumulating in upstate New York and parts of lower and upper Michigan.

Up to 37 inches of snow fell in Mexico, New York, in the last two days.

And in Michigan, some areas were hit with two feet of snow. Another foot is possible through Saturday.

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Double Shooting Reported at Arizona High School

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — After a double shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning, police said the incident was isolated and the school and neighborhood are now safe.

The shooting was reported at Independence High School, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix. Two teenagers were shot just before 8 a.m. in an “isolated” area of campus, Glendale police said.

“This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time,” police said.

Police said the campus is on lockdown.

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